Leviticus 21:4
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New International Version
He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.

King James Bible
But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

Darby Bible Translation
He shall not make himself unclean [who is] a chief among his peoples, to profane himself.

World English Bible
He shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

Young's Literal Translation
A master priest doth not defile himself among his people -- to pollute himself;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A chief man among his people - The word בעל baal signifies a master, chief, husband, etc., and is as variously translated here.

1. He being a chief among the people, it would be improper to see him in such a state of humiliation as mourning for the dead necessarily implies.

2. Though a husband he shall not defile himself even for the death of a wife, because the anointing of his God is upon him. But the first sense appears to be the best.

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or, the verse may be read, being an husband among his people, he shall not defile himself for his wife, etc.

Ezekiel 24:16,17 Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with a stroke: yet neither shall you mourn nor weep...

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What Manner of Man Ought not to Come to Rule.
Wherefore let every one measure himself wisely, lest he venture to assume a place of rule, while in himself vice still reigns unto condemnation; lest one whom his own guilt depraves desire to become an intercessor for the faults of others. For on this account it is said to Moses by the supernal voice, Speak unto Aaron; Whosoever he be of thy seed throughout their generations that hath a blemish, he shall not offer loaves of bread to the Lord his God (Lev. xxi. 17). And it is also immediately subjoined;
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

The Section Chap. I. -iii.
The question which here above all engages our attention, and requires to be answered, is this: Whether that which is reported in these chapters did, or did not, actually and outwardly take place. The history of the inquiries connected with this question is found most fully in Marckius's "Diatribe de uxore fornicationum," Leyden, 1696, reprinted in the Commentary on the Minor Prophets by the same author. The various views may be divided into three classes. 1. It is maintained by very many interpreters,
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

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Leviticus 21:3
or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband--for her he may make himself unclean.

Leviticus 21:5
"'Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.

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